Spray Painted Faucet

The project that terrified me the most during my master bathroom makeover was this faucet.  I just wasn’t a fan of the chrome and it looked cheap.  Evan and I thought about replacing it, but the one we wanted from Lowe’s was almost $300 (no thanks!).  I shopped online to see if I could find something less expensive, but soon nixed that idea when Evan mentioned that he wasn’t sure how he could replace the faucet without completely removing the tub.

To save time, money, and potential frustration, I decided to spray paint it.  This concept scared me, mainly because I thought that the knobs would look hideous spray painted and I’d be forced to live with them.  But I was willing to take the chance.

The new light fixtures and sink faucets that Evan installed were oil rubbed bronze, so we went with Rustoleum’s look-alike version.
To start the project, I blanketed the tub, tile, floor, and parts of the wall with garbage bags and painter’s tape.   Rustoleum will stick to any surface, but I wanted to make sure that the spray paint wouldn’t eventually flake off over time and after repeated use.  Therefore, I buffed the faucet as best as I could using 60-grit sandpaper.  

And then I applied six or seven thin coats of spray paint to the faucet to avoid any drips.  Once the paint was dry, I removed the garbage bags and tape, caulked the edges of the faucet, and… that’s it!  It was a really simple fix that saved me hundreds.

Even though I’m still not crazy about the shape of the faucet, I don’t think it looks half bad!  It works just fine, too; the water doesn’t affect it at all.  What do you think?

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34 thoughts on “Spray Painted Faucet”

  1. Good question! The faucet feels, looks, and operates normally; the only difference is that it has a bit of a matte finish than a glossy finish. I've used it at least a half dozen times since I painted it, and works great!


  2. I think it's fabulous and something I need to do myself. I love the look of oil rubbed bronze hardware. In my bathroom all the light fixtures are ORB. But we still have the same type of faucets that you had, look almost exactly the same. This is such a great idea, thanks for sharing!


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  4. This is so great! I can't believe the crystal knobs turned out so well! Everything in my bathroom is oil rubbed bronze except the drain and the overflow thingy on the tub. You have given me the idea (and the courage) to try spray painting them! I'll let you know if I do 😉


  5. Wow! That's fantastic! I have the same ugly faucets and can't afford the ones I want. I'm so doing this, but I gotta hurry before honey gets home! Thanks for the inspiration & courage!
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  6. Wow! Thanks for the inspiration. I popped over from 2805. I've thought of doing that for my (eek!) old shiny brass fixtures, but wasn't sure how it would work. I think the oil rubbed bronze looks awesome.

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  10. Im so impressed and excited! I have a question – now that it is a year later … how is it holding up? Wait … I actually have TWO questions … Did you also paint the drain? Do you think it would be a problem to do that? Thanks and I love your blog.


  11. Love this post and I'm excited that you tried this out for us. Ever since I stumbled upon the idea of painting light fixures … I have been suspecting that it might be possible to spray paint the faucet – the potential for savings here is ginormous. I even happen to like my fixtures — I'm just not a fan of the color. SOOO… I have 3 questions for ya:
    1. Now that it has been a year since you painted them … Id love to know how it is holding up?
    2. I hope to do this in my powder room – which gets used a LOT. Do you think it will hold up?
    3. Did you paint the drain? The toilet handle? The TP holder?

    Okay technically more than 3 questions…but I'm so excited!


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